Pence used private email while governor

  • Pence used private email while governor

Pence used private email while governor

"Here's the headline up tonight at the Indianapolis Star site", Berman reported, "exclusive, as governor, Mike Pence routinely used a private email account for state business, and was hacked".

Because personal accounts are less secure than government ones, Pence's email address was hacked last summer - right about the same time when hacked DNC emails were being leaked.

Pence was a vocal critic of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state and often criticized her for it during the presidential campaign.

Vice President Pence used a private email account that was later compromised while he served as governor of IN, his office confirmed Thursday.

Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at computer security company WatchGuard Technologies, told the Star that the email accounts of Pence, who used an AOL account, and Clinton, who had a private email server, were probably about equally vulnerable to attacks. Pence at times used this account to discuss sensitive matters, including homeland security issues.

But even if journalists couldn't get access, hackers had no problem getting into Pence's account.

Sound familiar? Replace governor with secretary of state and IN with the United States and this could have been Hillary Clinton's statement IN defense of her email usage.

Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence's use of AOL and Clinton's use of a private server should not be compared since he did not handle federally classified material.

Consumer accounts are generally considered by cyber-security experts to be less protected than those operated by the government, which usually have extra layers of protection and monitoring.

The topics of the emails ranged from security gates at the governor's residence to the state's response to terrorist attacks across the globe, the report says. "One for personal, one for work-related emails".

Senior Pat Crane, president of the College Republicans, said in an email that although he is disappointed the administration has not upheld the "tradition of bringing the president to speak" at commencement, he looks forward to Pence serving as the commencement speaker instead. Pence's office said his campaign hired outside counsel to determine which of his personal emails involved official business and should be transferred to the state. Emails in both accounts were preserved and are expected to be managed according to Indiana's public records laws, the aide added.

According to the newspaper, the scammer who hacked the account in May 2015 sent an email which claimed Mr Pence and his wife had been robbed in the Philippines.